In this chapter I’m going to show you how to build a chess set, both in-game and real-world. Minecraft, as an essentially collaborative game, works perfectly as a platform for chess. You can build a board and challenge a friend to a game. When one player makes a move, he or she leaves a signal for the other person. Even if weeks go by before the opponent makes his or her move, the board will wait undisturbed.
I’ll also show you how to bring the game into the real world by building a chess set out of wood or by 3D-printing one. You can see the set I built in Figure 3-1, a series of wooden pieces designed on the computer, cut out of eighth-inch plywood and painted with black or white paint.